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Chuck Richardson

Chuck Richardson

Unwanted guests are always nuisances. Unwanted pests are downright bothersome. If you have animals invading your attic or critters crawling where they shouldn’t be, contact Richardson Pest Solutions. We are members of the National Pest Management Association, and have been a family-owned and family-operated business since 1972. Please contact us today for free inspections and estimates. We’re available Monday through Saturday and we’re ready to serve you. Certified Applicator License #10018


 


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When ants invade your home in St. Charles, Wentzville, or O'Fallon, Missouri, it's important to react quickly.  Seeing an ant can often mean that hundreds more are following in his footsteps.  Ants move similarly to water, following the path of least resistance into your home.  They can follow tree branches onto windowsills, squeeze through tracks, and get into your home in ways that you can't imagine.  They find their way into your home and make off with your food.

However, there are people there to fight for you.  Pest Control professionals such as Chuck Richardson of Richardson Pest Solutions are trained specifically to find where ants get in and keep them out of your home.  Ants follow pheremone trails left by scouts to your home, and pest control professionals use this against them.  Ant poisons work by letting the ants walk through and consume the poisons, and carry them back to their nest, infecting the rest of the colony.

Typically, there will be wide differences in price depending on the company and amount of effort expended. Since carpenter ant problems are not always solved on the first attempt, the type of guarantee and reputation of the company should be factored into the purchasing decision.  Let Richardson Pest Solutions of St Louis help today!  Visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com for more information and call (314) 297-2210 to schedule an appointment.

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Bats can be one of the most dangerous animals to deal with, due to their high level of rabies infection.  Bats can nest in your home and attics and are generally inactive during the brighter hours of the day, preferring evening, night and early morning for their feeding flights. When not in flight, they rest in the dark seclusion of natural places such as caves, hollow trees and rock crevices. They also may occupy vacant buildings, church steeples, attics,spaces between walls, and belfries. Bats can enter places of refuge through very small openings or cracks as narrow as three-eighths of an inch.

This makes them a likely candidate to find their way into your home, particularly if you are near these areas, with woods surrounding your home.  Many pest control companies will not perform bat removal early in the season, preferring to wait until the bats have matured until they are removed.  Richardson Pest Solutions of St. Louis prefers to remove bats from your home when you want them removed, because you shouldn't have to wait until someone else is ready to help you to get a dangerous, potentially rabid animal out of your home.

Rabies, while not the only problem with having a bat in your home, is the most troubling.  Some facts about Rabies include:

  • All warm-blooded mammals, including humans, are susceptible to rabies.
  • Rabies is rare among most small rodents (mice, rats, gerbils, chipmunks, hamsters, rabbits, squirrels)
  • Bites from rabid bats are the primary source for human rabies in the United States
  • In Missouri, most of the animals testing positive for rabies are bats
  • Bites and scratches transfer rabies
  • Bats have small, needle-like teeth that can make it hard to identify if you have been bitten
  • Rabies is almost always fatal in humans
  • Early symptoms include headache, fatigue, fever, anxiety and unusual sensations at the site of the bite.
  • Later symptoms include confusion, seizures, paralysis, and death
  • Symptoms occur 4-6 weeks after exposure, but onset can range from 5 days to a year.


For more information about rabies and bat control in St. Louis County, St. Charles, Wentzville, O'Fallon, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Ellisville, Fenton, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lake St. Louis, St. Peters, Town & Country, Webster Groves, and all other St. Louis Counties, visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today and call (314) 297-2210 in St. Louis or 636-387-2400 in St. Charles to schedule an appointment.

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Bats are nocturnal animals that can inhabit your home at any time.  They can squeeze into small cracks and crevices, and would love to make your home their base of operations.  However, many pest control companies won't remove bats from your home until mid-August, while bats will find their way into your house early in the summer when the weather turns to live and have babies. While bats do not nest or gnaw, the guano and urine that accumulate in areas infested with bats can do serious damage.  Most families don't want bats in their home, and that's why Richardson Pest Solutions is not afraid to eliminate these threats when you discover them.  Richardson's will go into your attic to find the babies and remove them as well as the adults.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Bat.jpgBats are disease carriers, often carrying rabies, a disease which is deadly to humans.  Their tiny, needle-like teeth and claws make them ideal disease spreaders, as many people and animals bitten or scratched by bats can miss the injuries, allowing the disease to spread.

If you are hearing scratching sounds in your attic, DO NOT IGNORE IT.  This can be a variety of things, but none of them are good.  If you have raccoons, they will destroy your wiring and insulation.  If it's bats, they will fill your attic with urine and guano.  There is nothing good to be found in ignoring scratching in the attic.  If you hear these noises, or for more information about rabies and bat control in St. Louis County, St. Charles, Wentzville, O'Fallon, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Ellisville, Fenton, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lake St. Louis, St. Peters, Town & Country, Webster Groves, and all other St. Louis Counties, visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today and call (314) 297-2210 in St. Louis or 636-387-2400 in St. Charles to schedule an appointment.

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Follow the links below to download Bat Control and Rabies Informational Pdf's!

 

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Most Missouri bats are members of the evening bat family. They are generally inactive during the brighter hours of the day, preferring evening, night and early morning for their feeding flights. When not in flight, they rest in the dark seclusion of natural places such as caves, hollow trees and rock crevices. They also may occupy vacant buildings, church steeples, attics,spaces between walls, and belfries. Bats can enter places of refuge through very small openings or cracks as narrow as three-eighths of an inch.
The little brown bat and big brown bat are the species most commonly found in buildings. Female bats occupy nursery colonies in late spring or early summer when they give birth to young. Within a month, the young make feeding flights, but the colony may remain until fall dispersal to hibernation caves. Few bats overwinter in buildings.
By accident, an individual bat may enter a home through open doors, chimneys or windows unprotected by screens. When this occurs, chase the bat out open doors or windows with a broom; or wait until the bat settles, then cover it with a can or jar so you can slip a cover under the opening of the container without touching the bat. Wearing gloves during the bat removal procedure is recommended. Release the bat outdoors.
The only permanent method of preventing these roosts is to bat-proof the building. Do this by locating and blocking all entrances through which bats gain access. Entryways may be located by watching outside the building during the last half-hour of daylight and noting the points from which the bats emerge. Note such places as attic louvers, jointure of chimney and house, and gable ends. After the entryways are located, plan the needed repairs; nail loose siding, caulk crevices, replace missing moulding or trim, and cover larger openings with 1/4-inch mesh hardware cloth.
Let Richardson Pest Solutions, the St. Louis Pest Control experts help today!
If a bat is present in your home and you cannot rule out the possibility of exposure, leave the bat alone and contact an animal-control or public health agency for assistance.
The incidence of bats transmitting disease to man is low, but if such a situation occurred, it would suggest a need for control. Bat bites can be dangerous. As a precaution against exposure to disease, do not handle live bats. In case of bat bites, wash the area immediately with hot, soapy water and promptly notify a physician. If possible, capture the bat without damaging the head, place it in a jar or plastic bag and refrigerate. Health authorities may want it for a rabies test. Most cases of human rabies in the United States have been linked to exposure to bats.
A Massachusetts man critically ill with the first reported case of human rabies in state since 1935 was infected by a type of bat called a little brown myotis, state health officials said on Tuesday.The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said last week that the man, who has not been publicly identified, was diagnosed with the rare and potentially fatal disease and hospitalized in critical condition.   
South Carolina health officials said last month that a middle-aged woman died after contracting the state's first case of human rabies in half a century.The rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of infected animals, is generally spread when an animal bites or comes in close contact with a human or another animal, Massachusetts health officials said.  The virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death.  Early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to those of many other illnesses, including fever, headache and general weakness or discomfort, according to the CDC.  Disease in humans can often be prevented by administering vaccine and antibodies quickly, if a person knows he or she has been exposed to rabies, officials say.

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Often, pest control is something that you can do yourself.  It's true.  You have a fly in the house, you swat it.  You see a spider, you squish it.  You see a mouse, buy a trap.  However, these are often just signs that you need more help than you think.  

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Most people, upon discovering a spider in their home, grab it in a paper towel and move on.  However, there are a lot of different ways to kill a spider.

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When you see spiders in your home, it's easy to get rid of one and assume the problem is solved.  However, spiders will find their way into your home, one after another, if you don't take care of the underlying issues why they are there.  We'll look at this in two parts, keeping them out and then getting rid of them.

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Moles are insectivores (they eat insects), and they may control some insect outbreaks. However, mole activity can also cause considerable damage to lawns. This damage is usually in the form of tunnels and/or mounds in lawn that can be unsightly, disturb root systems, and provide cover or travel lanes for other small mammals.

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Here are the steps to keeping your home safe from termite infestation.

 

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There are many different termite removing products on the market, but Richardson Pest Solutions of St. Louis, MO chooses Termidor as the best.  Termidor utilizes a unique formula that is tasteless, odorless, and invisible, meaning that Termites have no ability to avoid it.  While termites are infected by this product, it is virtually odorless to humans, and will only affect your day to day life in one way - you'll see less termites.

b2ap3_thumbnail_TermidorCertProcolor.gifTermidor infects termites, causing them to carry the product back to their nest, infecting the rest of the nest in the process.  This process, when applied properly by a pest control professional such as Richardson Pest Solutions, is called the "Transfer Effect".  This leads the termites that don't eat the product directly and die immediately to inadvertently kill the entire nest by poisoning them with something they can't see, smell, or taste.  Every termite they touch becomes a carrier.  This efficiency allows Richardson Pest Solutions to control termites in your home with fewer treatments, keeping your home safe from these burrowing pests with less disruption to your life.  Termidor is the best product on the market, and Richardson Pest Solutions uses it to keep your home safe.

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Moles.  Whenever you see a yard full of tunnels, you'll know that you've got them.  The telltale sign, for those that haven't dealt with these underground terrors, is a crisscrossing series of raised dirt "tunnels" in your yard, where they have traveled across your backyard in search of insects and worms to eat.  This search causes them to tear up your carefully manicured lawn, giving you that coveted "war torn Europe" look that doesn't win any neighborhood beauty contest.

Moles can be a pest, and they are difficult to get rid of.  While there are traps that can be purchased, disposing of the beast is another matter, as moles have a toxin they release to paralyze the small creatures, such as earthworms, that they feed on.  While this is not dangerous to humans, it's unpleasant.  This is where a professional comes in.  Mole control professionals such as Richardson Pest Solutions of St. Louis can be your mole control solution, with recurring packages to ensure that these pests stay out of your yard.  Contact them today at (314) 297-2210 or (636)-387-2400 today, and visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today for more information.

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There are many species of ants that are beneficial to us, and can kill fleas and bedbugs, along with other pests.  They also do not bring disease or injury to your family in most cases (fire ants notwithstanding!)  However, they get in your home and eat your food, and this is a problem.  Ants are colony insects, driven by a desire to feed, and would like nothing better than to setup shop in your home as a permanent food source.  Many preventative measures can be attempted to keep them from even realizing that there is food in the house, but airtight containers and sealed cupboards aren't entirely practical for every family. So what does a family do when they get ants in their home?

b2ap3_thumbnail_4.jpgThe first step is to create a barricade.  Inspect your home for places where ants can sneak in and cause trouble, and close them up. Check for foundation cracks, loose floorboards, and any places where you are vulnerable, and fill them in.  Sometimes, though, the way to find these problem areas is to spot a conga line of ants storming into your house.

Remember that ants, although they eat our food, don't like the same things we do.  A simple line of talc, if you spread it by the entrances to your home, can keep ants from crossing into your personal space.  Ants also aren't fond of vinegar, peppermint oil, cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne pepper, whole cloves, and bay leaves, but these aren't generally recommended as they are also irritants to your pets, and your children will get into them.

However, when they do get into your home, it's often recommended that you contact a professional to eliminate the problem. In the St. Louis area, calling Richardson Pest Solutions at (314) 297-2210 or 636-387-2400 and visiting their website at http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today will make sure that your ant control, and all other pest problems are taken care of permanently.

 

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St. Louis brown recluseIf you have a phobia about brown recluse spiders, here’s the good news: most of the U.S. is a brown recluse-free zone. If you have a phobia about brown recluse spiders and live in Missouri, or pretty much anywhere south of the Show-Me State, you’re probably going to have a brown recluse encounter at some point, especially in largely suburban areas like St. Charles and Wentzville. Consider it a trade-off for enjoying great SEC football and the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

How afraid should you really be of a brown recluse (other than the general feeling of “Oh my gosh, it’s a spider! Kill it!”)? True to their name, brown recluse spiders are actually rather shy, preferring to stay in quiet, dark places where they think they won’t be disturbed. Unfortunately, those quiet, dark places can include the inside of your shoes or clothes folded in drawers, ensuring quite the surprise when unsuspecting feet slide into shoes or hands grab folded clothes. Brown recluses rarely attack, and bites usually happen only when they’re pressed against human skin – such as when you put on a shoe acting as a temporary home for one of the little critters. Of course, motivation for a bite doesn’t really matter when you’ve been bitten, but it’s good to know they’re not lying in wait to attack you.

 

Getting rid of brown recluse spiders is no easy task. They’re hardy little suckers, able to go six months or more without food or water, so extermination by ingesting poison isn’t typically successful. Additionally, their long-legged spider gait means their bodies don’t usually touch chemicals that normally take care of other bothersome insects – they simply step right over them. To rid your home of the brown recluse, you’re going to need a professional. Let’s face it, they might be the shyest little insects on the block, but you still don’t want them anywhere near your family, especially children. Call a pest control professional such as Richardson Pest Solutions in St. Louis to ensure you won’t find any surprises the next time you reach into your sock drawer or slip on some shoes. For more tips and information or help with your brown recluse problem, visit http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com today.

 

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St. Louis molePoor little moles – they’re the ugly ducklings of the “pesky animals for homeowners” world. Squirrels and raccoons can take apart the wiring in your home faster than Michael Phelps in the 100m backstroke, but most people still don’t want them exterminated, just humanely trapped and moved to a nice forest. Why? Probably because squirrels and raccoons are just so darn cute – no one wants to kill Bullwinkle’s beloved friend Rocky the Flying Squirrel.
Moles, however, are a completely different story. Homeowners get a glimpse of them – or more likely, the havoc they wreck on lawns – and want them taken out in a permanent way. Why? Have you seen a mole up close? It’s not a pretty sight, and when the most famous movie mole is the villain Speckles in Disney’s “G-Force” chances are you’re not ever going to endear moles to anyone. It’s hard to forgive a cute animal for destroying a lawn, but forgiving the homely mole is almost impossible.
Despite the fact that moles are helpful with insect control, they also destroy lawns with their constant “swimming” through soil to eat enough insects and worms to satisfy their huge appetites. Moles can eat up to 80 percent of their weight daily, and that kind of appetite requires serious daily digging. For the homeowner, that mega-digging shows up in telltale molehills, ridges, and furrows all over what is supposed to be a smooth lawn.
There are numerous “homegrown” solutions for getting rid of moles – everything from moth balls to bubble gum are rumored to be surefire mole deterrents, but in reality, trapping is by far the most effective and efficient way to get rid of moles and get a beautiful lawn back. Many people try the do-it-yourself approach to setting traps, but unless the trap-setter is familiar with both the traps and the mole’s elusive habits, their efforts will be largely unsuccessful. Your best bet is to call a no-kill animal control expert like Richardson Pest Solutions in St. Louis to take care of your mole infestation and give you a pristine lawn back to enjoy again. For more information, contact the rodent control specialists at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com.
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St. Louis is famous for the Gateway Arch, the 1904 World’s Fair, the baseball Cardinals, Anheuser-Busch…and an awful lot of bugs. For example, did you know we’re home to the subterranean termite, the most destructive of all the U.S. termites? And that the highest concentration of brown recluse spiders in the U.S. is in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma? I won’t even mention the carpenter ants, odorous house ants, squirrels, raccoons, or moles that St. Louisans regularly find roaming around inside or outside their homes. We’re a pretty “buggy” area of the country, and while our beautiful wooded areas – especially outside St. Louis proper in areas such as St. Charles or Wentzville – are magnificent to view and play in, they’re also a little slice of rodent heaven.

If you can’t stand the thought of living with all these bugs and rodents in the St. Louis area anymore, don’t put a “for sale” sign on your lawn just yet. Call a professional exterminator such as Richardson Pest Solutions to conduct an inspection (Richardson’s inspections are free), see what’s invading your home, and develop a plan to get the critters back where they belong – outside! Richardson Pest Solutions offers pest and rodent control throughout the St. Louis area – including St. Charles and Wentzville.

Yes, St. Louis may be bug- and rodent-central, but solutions are out there – even no-kill squirrel and raccoon trapping practiced by providers such as Richardson Pest Solutions. A quick inspection may save you many sleepless nights of imaginary itching, smacking anything that moves with a rolled-up newspaper, and listening to a squirrel party on your roof.  Visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com and call (314) 297-2210 or (636) 387-2400 today to setup an appointment.

 

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No matter how big you are, finding a rodent in your home is sure to make even the toughest NFL football player exhibit at least one of several reactions: 1)Shrieking; 2) Running; or 3) Jumping up on furniture to get away. Why do we have such a universally strong reaction?

 

Let’s take the standard mouse, or even one step farther on the EEW-Meter, the rat. First, they’re destructive. To keep their teeth worn down, they chew constantly on anything they can find, including the wiring, wood, or insulation in your home. They’re dirty, urinating and defecating almost everywhere they go to mark their path and compensate for poor eyesight. Their most disturbing attribute is their penchant for carrying diseases including salmonella, hantavirus, and tularemia, all of which could land you in the hospital or even threaten your life.

 

Squirrels and raccoons may be slightly more cute and fun to watch frolic in the trees, but you sure don’t want them in your home. They’re still rodents, and they still do all the same destructive and dirty things smaller rodents do, but in an even bigger and more damaging way. Squirrels and raccoons can do major damage to your home very quickly, especially in your attic, and can even cause electrical fires with their penchant for chewing through wiring.

 

Finally, there’s the much-maligned mole. They won’t invade your home, but they’ll tear through your lawn faster than hungry kids through a plate of chocolate chip cookies. Moles are prolific diggers, able to dig surface tunnels at the rate of approximately 18 feet an hour. Unleash one or two of them under your lawn, and all that work you put into landscaping can be quickly demolished by one ugly little rodent.

 

Despite all the traps, poisons, and even “organic” rodent control solutions on the market, by far the safest and most effective way to get rid of rodents is to call a professional, especially if mice and/or rats are in your home. Due to the health risks of dealing with rodents, look for rodent control specialists experienced in clearing them from your home. Trapping is the best method for getting rid of moles, so search for specialists who have a proven record of success in trapping the elusive creatures.

 

If you want to trap and release squirrels and raccoons, rather than have them exterminated, look for a professional like St. Louis rodent control specialists Richardson Pest Control, who have a no-kill, trap and release policy with squirrels and raccoons. The Richardson Pest Control team will humanely capture squirrels and raccoons, then release them in more rodent-friendly areas of the St. Louis region. The rodents will be much happier in their new home, and you’ll be much happier with them out of your home. For more information, contact the rodent control specialists at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com.

 

 

 

 

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While you may admire the sheer strength and work ethic of busy little ants, that certainly doesn't mean you want to invite them into your home for brunch every day. Unfortunately, not only are they hard workers, but they’re also relentless breeders and voracious eaters, creating colonies of up to 100,000 ants that require a huge amount of sugary sweet food every day. Hungry ants are persistent ants, and that means they’ll end up finding any way they can into your home to see what kinds of goodies you’ve got hidden around.

 

In Missouri, most homeowners battle the odorous house ant, so named because of the rotten coconut or pine scent they emit when crushed. These little buggers are even more hardy than your run-of-the-mill ant – they can work and breed even if injured, and they’ll create a nest (or colony) just about anywhere they can, including in your home if it’s hot and dry enough outside. They also have a nondiscrimination policy when it comes to queens – they usually have multiple queens churning out new eggs every day, which means that as fast as you squash them, they’re making new little ants to carry on their great scavenging tradition.

 

Odorous house ants are notoriously hard to get rid of once they’re in your home, so do all you can to ensure they don’t enter. The same precautions that help keep other insects out also apply to ants, including reducing the moisture around your home’s foundation and frame, caulking any cracks or holes around doors and windows, and keeping landscape mulch from touching your home. Odorous house ants are particularly fond of warm, moist mulch, so pay particular attention to keeping that away from your home.

 

Within your home, try to keep potential food sources tightly covered and food contained to only the rooms that are regularly cleaned, such as the kitchen. If you have children, there’s a great science lesson in teaching them why sneaking that PB&J sandwich to their bedroom isn’t such a good idea!

 

If you do find yourself being invaded by these little brown or black ants, act quickly to eliminate them – they won’t go away on their own. Even pest control professionals can have trouble getting rid of these tough little critters, so look for a pest control service with particular expertise on odorous house ants. Richardson Pest Solutions has extensive odorous house ant experience and expertise for St. Louis pest control issues and offers free inspections to help determine the extent of a homeowner’s needs. For more information, contact the pest control experts at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com.

 

 

 

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While Missourians are thrilled to see rain finally fall after a long, dry summer, the rainy conditions and warm weather are perfect for a not-so-welcome visitor - the subterranean termite. The voracious little eaters love to huddle up when temperatures warm up after a rainfall, and a termite "huddle" (or colony), which can be as large as one million termites, can destroy a wooden structure faster than Mizzou's offensive line. That means that all this late August/early September rain combined with temperatures in the 80s and 90s makes termites very happy - and homeowners rushing for help.

 

Unfortunately, by the time you notice you have termites, you may already have significant damage to your home. Termites love to eat wood cellulose, or dead wood, and since that is the primary building material in most homes, it's easy to see why termites consider your home better than a Krispy Kreme doughnut display. When termites start feasting, they eat the wood from the inside out, giving the wood a honeycombed appearance and quickly destroying the integrity of the wood. Their favorite targets? Trim work, sub-flooring, flooring, and structural timbers. In other words, everything holding up your house.

 

So what should you do to avoid termites before they eat your home? First, have a professional inspect your home once a year. While it's tempting to put this on your DIY project list, it can be easy to miss the telltale signs of a termite infestation, and that can lead to significant problems later. Next, make sure to regularly inspect your roof for rotting wood boards, and if you have wood siding, closely inspect that as well. If termites seem to love your part of the world, consider putting a sand barrier down around your foundation. Termites can't get through sand, so a nice layer around your foundation can provide excellent protection for your home's foundation. If you're in the St. Louis region and need a free termite inspection, or if you've seen evidence of termites and need help fast, contact a St. Louis termite expert like Richardson Pest Solutions at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com to protect your home.

 

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While it is true that Alaska is the only state in the union that hasn't seen structural damage from termites, most people probably wouldn't actually pick up and move there just to avoid the little wood-eating pests. So what are your other options? If you haven't seen evidence of termites in your home, there are a number of prevention steps you can take. The Ohio State University Department of Entomology has an excellent list of recommendations, including:

 

  • Don't store firewood, lumber or paper against your foundation or in your crawl space
  • Avoid or minimize use of wood mulch next to the foundation
  • Make sure water is directed away from the foundation
  • Keep your basement or crawl space dry

 

But what if you've already seen evidence of termites in your home? Considering that termite damage annually costs U.S. homeowners billions, you should move quickly to minimize structural damage. There are a number of termite baiting systems and treatments - usually requiring specialized treatment and expertise - that will exterminate the destructive bugs, but as with other bug infestations, the term "don't try this at home" is right.  For the best termite control and termite removal in St. Louis, contact a St Louis termite expert like Richardson Pest Solutions at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com to ensure you get rid of the termites without causing even more structural damage to your home due to inexperienced exterminators.

 

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